Whitney describes the last 14 years of her life as living in a sea of beige. When she moved to Austin, Texas, from Arizona, she wanted her new home to have color and texture with more of a barn/farm/rustic look.
“It’s Texas Hill Country with a little bit of lodge and farmhouse thrown in for good measure,” Whitney says. “I like to call it ‘farmhouse chic.'” When she and her husband began the building process, she turned to Pinterest for lighting inspiration.
“I found Barn Light Electric on Pinterest and fell in love. At that point, I knew I wanted barn lighting for the exterior,” she notes. For the front door, Whitney... Read More
Working from home has its perks. Absolutely. If you’re a blogger or a consultant or anyone who works from a home office, you probably have people tell you all the time how lucky you are. In reality, no matter what you do, the job has its downsides. You can never really escape the office because it’s always right there.
Our good friend Sommer Collier, food and travel blogger on A Spicy Perspective, worked out of her home for more than four years, mostly in the kitchen but also from a small office just off the busiest room in the house. Last fall, Sommer decided a change was in order.
“I loved having my office so close to the kitchen, however the... Read More
When Brian’s dad built a home back in the late 1970s, he incorporated many reclaimed materials such as stained glass windows from an English church, porcelain gas station lights for the garage, and a Texaco Sky chief gas pump from the 1920s.
“There was no manufacturer of reproduction lights in those days so he had to use original lighting and craft his own goosenecks using galvanized plumbing pipe,” Brian says. When Brian started building his own home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last year, he followed his father’s lead to include reclaimed materials to give the home the feel of an original farmhouse but with modern... Read More
If you’re leaf peeping this fall and enjoying a drive through the countryside, you may find more than nature’s brilliant display of gold and crimson. Depending on where you live, you may very well find an old barn or two still providing shelter for cows and crops. Many of these old structures have classic gooseneck barn lighting that was popular back in the early 20th century. These American-made fixtures typically had wide, warehouse-style shades that directed the light downward onto the ground and over doorways making it easier for farmers to see without a lot of glare.
These sturdy gooseneck lights are popular once again thanks to the resurgence... Read More
In the northern reaches of Quebec, Canada, winters can get pretty brutal. At least by our sunny Florida standards! Our friends at Seulement Camion (that’s “trucks only” for non-native speakers) recently opened their new business in La Sarre and needed lights that could not only withstand the environment, but would provide a welcoming atmosphere to truck-buying customers.
The new space uses plenty of rustic elements throughout such as reclaimed barn wood walls, inviting leather chairs, and an earthy palette of browns and grays brightened with barn red accents. Industrial lighting in the form of gooseneck lights, warehouse shade pendants, and... Read More
When building a new space, you can look at all the drawings, plans, and photos you want, but you just never know until the dust has settled how it will all come together. When Traci of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, began working with Country Carpenters, Inc. on a new barn for her property, the structure was meant to be a simple two-car garage with storage space upstairs. But when all was said and done, she decided it was too beautiful for storage.
“It has exceeded my expectations! The upstairs is so lovely that I have opted to keep that space open for parties,” Traci says. “We are having our first event Thanksgiving Day!”
The Pawcatuck area... Read More